Concordia fastpitch kicks off post-season Thursday

The Concordia Academy High School fastpitch softball team begins the post-season this week. The Beacons are the fifth seed in Section 4AA and play their first playoff game on Thursday.

Concordia (11-9) hosts 12th-seeded St. Paul Central (7-9) at 4 p.m. on Thursday. Central enters Thursday's game on a two-game losing streak but had won six in a row prior to the skid. Central had a rough start to the season, winning just one of its first eight games.

Concordia Academy has won only one of its past five contests, a 15-1 pasting of Minneapolis Washburn in the third round of the Robbinsdale Cooper tournament last Saturday. The Beacons' high-water mark of the season was five games above .500 (10-5) following a 10-0 win over Breck on May 7.

Of Concordia's 11 victories this season, the biggest was probably the 4-2 win over St. Anthony Village on April 26. St. Anthony is the No. 1 seed in Section 4AA and is ranked seventh in the state in Class AA in the coaches association poll released on May 15. Concordia is the only Section 4AA team to beat St. Anthony this season.

The second round is set for Saturday at 1 p.m. Should Concordia beat Central on Thursday, it would either host Breck or travel to St. Croix Lutheran on Saturday.

The playoffs resume next week with games on Tuesday and Thursday.

Section 4AA fastpitch softball playoffs First round, May 17, 4 p.m. unless noted Game 1 - Minneapolis Edison (16) at St. Anthony Village (1) Game 2 - DeLaSalle (9) at St. Paul Humboldt (8) Game 3 - Breck (13) at St. Croix Lutheran (4) Game 4 - St. Paul Central (12) at Concordia Academy (5) Game 5 - St. Paul Harding (14) at St. Paul Academy (3) Game 6 - St. Paul Highland Park (11) at Minnehaha Academy (6) Game 7 - Blake (10) at Holy Angels (7) Game 8 - Minneapolis Roosevelt (15) at Visitation (2)

Second round, May 19, 1 p.m. at higher seed Game 9 - Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner Game 10 - Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner Game 11 - Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner Game 12 - Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner

Third round, May 22, 4 p.m. at higher seed Game 13 - Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner Game 14 - Game 11 winner vs. Game 12 winner

Fourth round, May 24, 1 p.m. at Brooklyn Center Game 15 - Game 13 winner vs. Game 14 winner Game 16 - Game 13 loser vs. Game 14 loser

Fifth round, May 24, 3 p.m. at Brooklyn Center Game 17 - Game 15 loser vs. Game 16 winner

Championship round, May 29, 5 p.m. at Hamline University Game 18 - Game 15 winner vs. Game 17 winner (A second championship game, if necessary, is May 31 at 5 p.m. at Hamline)